Sept 3-5 Meridian to Crawford to Eddy, TX

Sept 3-5 Meridian to Crawford to Eddy, TX

 Aug 3rd       resting in Meridian, TX at campsite.Aug 4thI packed up and putted down to Crawford it was a short hop only 27 miles. Met Van Massirer in Crawford and he escorted me out to his ranch west of Crawford close to President George Bush’s ranch.It was a hot day 100 degrees. The starter is still giving me some issues every other day it just spins before it would start. I was concerned, so Van drove me to Waco 40 miles to a starter and Generator shop he knew of.The owner was kind enough to get right on it and change the shaft on the starter that was sent out from PA.Came back had the neighbor help put it back on and tried it and it wouldn’t engage. After taking it off three times, we discovered there was an adjustment on the starter lever so it would engage in the flywheel. Finally got it working right but by this time I was hot and wet with sweat.Van and Mary’s daughter came over and made a nice dinner for us last night.I was exhausted. Van thought he had 220W I could hook up but he didn’t and 110 just wouldn’t do it for my air conditioner. He gave me a fan but when its 110 degrees outside and  99 in the camper the fan didn’t do much. I was finally able to fall sleep at 11:30.I didn’t realize but Van has lined up a Meet and Greet at a local Church for a 6:00 pm dinner. I was able to share our mission.There will be a lot of antique tractors guys there and they are all to bring an item or parts that they want to share and I will be auctioning them off and all the proceeds will go to Operation Second Chance.They have a local reporter coming out before to banquet.This morning I changed the oil on Johnabilt for the last time and worked on putting another heavier magnet on the bottom of the camper to pick up nails before they hit the back tires while I run in the shoulder.We are taking a drive out to a town, to see two pictures of me and the rig hanging at the police station. I stopped in Crawford yesterday to fill up with gas and a Police Officer stopped and took pictures of the rig. Hopefully I won’t see my pictures on milk cartons, or in the Post Office!I forgot to get pictures of my picture hanging in the police station of my rig. UghIt was 110 degrees outside today and I tried to do a little work in the morning. I added another magnet on the shoulder side of the camper that some one donated.Van and I went into town for lunch and drove in President Geroge Bush’s entrance to the gates. No guards were around but 6 ft high gates all locked up. I decided it wasn’t the best idea to crawl over, since I am sure I was on camera.Van showed me the little country Church that George and Laura like to attend when they are out. It was cool driving through the country side and learning about so much history of the area.When we were in town we stopped in at City Hall, for me to reserve a campsite in the city park later. While I was talking to them Van stepped out and met the Police Chief and asked him if he would consider locking me up in the Old Crawford jail from the 1800’s. He was a great sport and was all for it. Van wanted to show it to me and as you can see in the pictures, this Yankee was cuffed and put in jail. So much for stepping out of line in Texas.We had so much fun. Officer Clayton Bruton said he had a hard time keeping from laughing while Van took the picture. Of course Van told the Officer to rough me up a little. Had so much fun and the officer was a great sport. Payback is brutal when Van comes east some time to visit PA.It was too hot to do any work in the camper. With no air-conditioner, I sat in their guest room to prepare for a speaking engagement at the event tonight.At 4:30 I putted out to the Lutheran Church in Crawford. I had 7 miles out to the church. I arrived and it wasn’t long until a Waco News reporter drove in for an interview.The Waco Antique Tractor Club put the event together.  Van Massirer is the President.The group wanted their picture taken with me. People soon started arriving and I was busy setting up my display.They had a pot luck meal. Everyone brought a dish, and let me tell you, it was excellent.I shared about our mission for 45 minutes after dinner and then I did a fundraising auction. People brought items to be auctioned off and all proceeds go to OSC.I would say there were over 50 people there. Van Massirer did a great job organizing the event.I thought it was a good night. We had a lively auction and I also sold some books and hats. Had some nice donations it was a great event.Took a picture as you can see it was late and needed lights to head out.I headed to a campsite nearby I only had 3 miles to get there. It was 9:30 and I was a little exhausted working out in the heat and the event in the evening.I just want to give a big shout out to Van and Mary Massirer for the great hospitality for the three days I stayed at their place. Van and I became close friends.Sept 5This morning I left Crawford and met Van at a restaurant in McGregor, the next town over.  There were pictures of GW Bush throughout the restaurant. I am told he likes to eat there when he is in town.Before I left the parking lot of the restaurant Van wanted a picture of us. I also have a picture of Van standing by Johnabilt.I had a number of people stop by, including three Veteran’s and a retired Police Officer. They all were willing to sign our book.I putted down route 317 to McGregor and stopped to top off my gas tank, and a Veteran came out to thank me for our mission.As I am gong putting east on route 7, a white car pulls up beside me on my right side and waves, I waved back.  There were two girls in the car they waved again and she was motioning something I didn’t understand, so I just gave thumbs up sign. I am thinking what’s this all about. I didn’t have my shirt off, so it wasn’t that, but as they pulled up little further I saw channel 23 News of side of the car.I stopped and we had a good laugh. They wanted to do an interview which we did along side of the road. They are out of Waco, TX, and it should be on TV this evening.I pulled in my campground and they said no charge we only have one space left and its yours. Thank you Aggieland RV Park.It wasn’t long two DOT guys drove in and wanted to know about what we are doing. One has a Daughter in the Air Force wanted their picture taken.It’s been a busy few days!
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